L. H. Puttgrass (legerdemain) wrote,
L. H. Puttgrass

Hey you in the glasses, I want you in the front!

So I think I'm going to try to update LJ at least sporatically again. I could look at my front page here and see how long it's been since I last posted, but that would just be embarrassing. (It's less than two years, but probably closer to that than one.) Anyway, I just friended Ben Birdsall on facebook, and I'm not sure how to feel about that. (He's the fourth Birdsall to whom I'm not related with whom I'm pseudofriends. He is from Switzerland, likes Vespas a lot, and paints, I think as a hobby.) I was thinking about first names earlier today, about how it ought to sort of seem like a betrayal the first time you meet someone with the same first name, and how if at all things would be different if everyone's first name had to be unique. (I know that some cultures actively try to create unique first names for their children, but this is totally alien to my experience.) I highly doubt he and I have the same middle name, but still, this feels like a tiny transgression.

In other news, it sort of snowed for the first time this year today. I'm biking to work these days (and consequently from work), so I noticed it during breakfast and was thrilled, before I put together that that meant my butt was going to get wet and cold on the commute. I really should get around to fenders on my bike. Still, I'm all for this. Winter really lasts about six months in Vermont, and I'm all for it for at least the first four. I'm seriously considering commuting by bike the whole way through. It's not too far, I like saving a bit of gas and it's a nice way to sort of kick start the active part of my day. I did it when I was in Switzerland, though that was on much more residential streets with slower cars. Mostly, I would have to invest in some good gloves, a balaclava, a lot of long underwear and some winter tires for my bike. (They do make them, though they're mostly imported from Scandinavia.) I dunno, I can't really justify it, but I don't really feel like I need to. I'll keep you posted, LJ.

Also: All the candid Barack Obama photos you wanted! Callie Shell was photographer to Al Gore, Howard Dean, and then Barack Obama since 2006. Not bad, eh?
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